Why Study Humanities?

This is the answer given by John Horgan in Scientific American to science and engineering students skeptical of their relevance to them: We live in a world increasingly dominated by science. And that’s fine. I became a science writer because I think science is the most exciting, dynamic, consequentialpart of human culture, and I wanted to be [Read More…]

Do Young-Earth Creationists Worship the Devil?

Young-earth creationists claim that the being who made the Earth and humankind is neither trustworthy nor honest. Their concept is of a God who makes the universe look like it is a particular age, and the Earth look like it is a particular age, even though they were created much more recently, and then condemns [Read More…]

On Having Your PhD and Eating it Too

Young earth creationists are notorious for two things (among others): a handful of them have obtained a PhD in a relevant scientific domain, doing research the legitimacy of and basis for which they intend to repudiate as soon as they have the letters after their name, with the sole aim of adding legitimacy to the [Read More…]

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia on Evolution

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia published in 1915 is very popular among conservative Evangelicals and, being in the public domain, it can be accessed online in quite a number of places. I wonder how many of its users have read the article on “Evolution.” It really illustrates how the modern young-earth creationist stance is not [Read More…]

Dear Science

Tyler Francke has a new post up at God of Evolution. In it, he suggests that Christians could do with writing a letter to science along the following lines: Dear Science, We have been unfaithful to you, and we are sorry. Young-earth creationism could never measure up to you — what the heck were we [Read More…]

Evolution: Acceptance is Optional, Participation is Not

I saw this on Facebook: It seems problematic from two perspectives – the use of “belief” in relation to a scientific conclusion, and the depiction of the first primate ancestor shown in the image in a manner that looks like a modern animal, which confuses many people and leads to the inane objection based on [Read More…]


This cartoon illustrates a point I have been trying to make a lot this week, about the importance of information literacy. It comes via the Union of Concerned Scientists 2013 cartoon contest. Click through to see several more cartoons on the same theme of science denialism.   [Read more…]

Antievolutionism is a Tool of Satan

Someone drew attention to this image which they spotted on a Facebook page, “Evolution's Family Tree”: I tried to respond to it in a manner that the maker of the image might be able to understand. And so I left a comment that it is antievolutionism that is a tool of Satan. It is a [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (Karl Giberson)

Science is open to correction. In the event that evolution does become a “theory in crisis,” we will read about that in Scientific American, Nature and Science, not the blogs of the anti-Darwinian culture warriors. — Karl Giberson, “Evolution’s Refusal to Die,” The Huffington Post [Read more…]

Madonnas of Science

Since one of the topics this blog explores is the intersection of religion and science, I had to give a mention to the Madonnas of Science by Chris Shaw which an IO9 article recently highlighted, and which are currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Art.    [Read more…]